Sylvan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2015 and is thrilled to begin her legal career as a fellow at interACT. She spent the first seventeen years of her life in Washington state and received her B.A. in Linguistics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2012. Her chosen name evokes the vibrant forests that surrounded her while she grew up.
During law school, Sylvan served on the editorial board of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law, and Justice, participated in the Domestic Violence Practicum, and co-ran the Berkeley Law chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She also published onto the California Law Review with a Comment exploring the relationship between binary gender differentiation, benevolent sexism, and rape culture, concluding that ending sexual and gender-based violence requires first making room for queer, trans*, and intersex lives. In 2014, Sylvan was awarded a Herma Hill Kay Summer Fellowship to serve as a law clerk at the East Bay Children’s Law Offices, where she represented juvenile clients in dependency court.
No stranger to interACT, Sylvan spent two semesters as an intern providing research support in the M.C. v. Aaronson litigation before stepping aboard as a full-time fellow. She lives in Oakland with her wonderful partner and two cats.